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Chose Your Position for the Battle

When the enemy comes in like a flood, God will raise up a standard against him.

Have you ever been in a position that everything you have the enemy begins to attack? Things come out of the woodworks against you. He attacks your health with something you’ve never seen or experienced and the doctor shrugs it off as not important enough for testing. Prescribes a few non-effective medications and sends you on your way. Debts you’ve never seen appear and takes your money before you even know they exists and before you know it you can’t make ends meet. You pray and trust the Lord even more but He hasn’t changed your situation and you find yourself asking, What’s up Lord?”

I’m in a place where I can feel the attacks of the enemy and I can hold my grip on faith. With every blow I hold on. Even when I feel like God is not rescuing me, I believe he will, just in his timing. The fire is hot, the darts are being thrown and I’m holding up my shield of faith. For in every battle, a warrior must know when to use each piece of the armor God has equipped him with. There is a time to strike with the sword and there is a time to hold your ground and defend yourself with the shield.

This lesson is new territory for me. And in this current battle I have learned to hold my ground and protect myself with the shield of faith. Yes I continue to pray and pray the word of God. This battle is not one for me to charge the enemy with the sword because as I recognize and feel in my spirit, that this is a battle God has already planned and won. In Exodus 14 Pharaoh was in hot pursuit of the children of Israel after Go hardened his heart that he would go after them. He did this so that he would be glorified and honored (Exodus 14:4) and that the Egyptians would know without doubt that he was Lord.

See there are battles God sends us out to fight and there are battles God fights for us. The battles I fight shows others who he is IN me. This battle he is fighting for me because He wants to show me more of just who he is TO me. Yes I cried and yes I asked god what is this that is happening in my life right now and more so why is it happening. Is it something I did is always my first question. That’s the flesh part of me asking just as the Israelites were asking Moses.

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Exodus 14:10-12
10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.

11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

But Moses answers the people with faith in the Lord. And here is where I find my answer to what to do in this battle.

Exodus 14:13-14 Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”

In faith Moses speaks to the children of Israel and follows the instruction of the Lord God. He tells them to go forward. Today God is telling me to go forward. Keep pressing towards the mark and He will have victory over my enemy. He will cause waters to draw back and part for my safe passage to the other side of the sea. He will drown my enemy in the traps, snares, troubles and tribulations that he has caused me. For the Lord fights for me against the enemy til there remains not so much as one of the troubles from him.

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The Wilderness

I had a dream. In this dream I had a destination and I was traveling to the place with my pastor. We started off in a van with lots of windows and I could see that we were going through a neighborhood and there were houses on both sides. We would periodically stop and witness to people we saw. After riding for a short time we came to a street and the scene changed. The road became a steep hill and the weather became a frozen mess. Cars were empty but sliding by us straight down the hill because of the icy street. There was lots of snow and the road was slick and we had to abandon the van and climb the steep streets by foot. It was difficult but we eventually made it to the top and the scene changed again. This time there was a new neighborhood and the houses were made with jewels embedded into the structure. We walked and I admired the homes with the shining stones. My pastor, she and I had talked the whole way but when we reached the end of the street, I noticed that the neighborhood was quite familiar and that I could have taken a different way, a shorter way that would have gotten me to where I was a lot faster and without all of the difficulties.

Then I heard the Lord speak and he told me that he could have taken me that way but I needed to go the long difficult way for a reason. Those jewels in the houses had a meaning also in what his plan for me is. He spoke about the jewels but it slips my mind right now as this dream was a couple years ago. I tell you about the dream because in reading God’s word this morning one of the scriptures I landed on reminded me of it.

Deuteronomy 8:2 (KJV)

And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

It’s funny but in a couple months I will be forty.

For a few days now I have this overwhelming feeling that something is on the horizon. And when I read this passage of scripture and think back over my life just during these last 7 years when I gave my life back to God. I can truly say I thank Him for leading me through the wilderness. I may not even be out of it yet, but I know God does not make mistakes and he has already shown me that I needed to go through it. Some times the trials, tribulations and tests have knocked me flat to the ground but I did not give up on God. I have wanted to quit many times the things he has called me to, but I have not I have endured through his strength and courage. I have cried my way through many trials, prayed through unmeasurable tribulations, gone to Jesus with the thought of asking for an escape but hitting my knees knowing that I do not want an escape but the strength to just make it through. Why? Because I know that what God has on the other side of my praise, my tests, my worship, my tribulations, my wilderness…

Is a promise land flowing with milk and honey.

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Speak of My Saviour

Shortly before his death, Carey said to a friend: “You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey’s Saviour.” – William Carey

What will they say about me when my time on this earth is gone. This is the thought that plagues me often in my walk with Christ. Will I have lived a life representative of Christ which will leave people speaking of my great Saviour or will there be whispers of my flaws and short comings? Truth is there may be a bit of both but my hope is that I will have lived, done or said something that will ultimately leave others speaking about the Saviour that I have loved and served.

In speaking I have learned that my experiences in this life are not about me. They are about learning in order to gain wisdom, growing in faith and giving back to someone in need. I have heard many times how can you relate to someone if you haven’t gone through what they are going through. The greatest example of that is when Jesus came in the form of flesh, suffered at the hands of men, and was hung on the cross for our (yours and mine) sins, failures, flaws and shortcomings.

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. Hebrews 4:15 (AMP)

I believe in order to give with the right motive, compassion plays such a huge part. When I say give I don’t mean just monetary or materialistically, I mean giving back by praying for and with someone, helping to carry the burden of our brother/sister in Christ, fighting a spiritual war on behalf of a lost soul in order to draw them to Jesus, interceding for those we don’t even know, and loving them that spitefully use us. If we can do these things just as Jesus has done them and much more for us, and all in the name and strength of our Saviour, how then will others speak about us (you and me).

I pray that when they speak about me, they will say…There is one whom she loved an served, and He caused her to love others. He in turn showed us His love through her. And others will ask who is this one that you speak of. The answer: His name is Jesus. And what he has done for her, he has done for others and will do for you.

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Fiery Trials

There are times I’d like to say I think I’ve got it all together. Put on my rose colored glasses and say that I full on trust God in the process of life and when the trials, tribulations and persecutions come, I trust you Lord. But the truth is there is a flaw in my glasses and there are flaws in me. Actually my Rosie glasses get quite broken in the battle of my mind.

Lately it seems like every time I put finger to keyboard and post about my relationship with God, no soon as I hit the publish button, here comes the trouble. Not just that but that fact of trying to life my life according to God’s word, at every turn there is another dart thrown my way. I’m quite aware that the word says (and I’m paraphrasing) that in Christ we will have troubles (John 16:33, 1 Peter 4:12-19). And boy are the troubles and fiery darts coming. I think about the saying, ” When I think about my problems I know that there is someone out there who’s got it worst off than me.” Really?

Truthfully that is not my thought at the time. I have my moments when I just stop and contemplate why me AGAIN God! Does Satan ever get tired of throwing fiery darts at ME?! Can I get a break!!!? Jesus am I not suffering enough?! Then I think what if I just give up and stop doing what God created me to do? Will he back off then? Uh….no.

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But then there is this small flicker of a flame that rises in me and reminds me that through my sufferings I am a partaker with Christ and when His glory shall be revealed, I can be exceedingly glad with joy. I just need to stay in the fight and not grow weary in well doing. Easier said than done at times right? But when I’m surrounded by trouble on every side and the darts seem like they won’t stop and I don’t know where to begin a prayer to God, I turn to the word. I search for scripture related to the subject of my problems and I dig in. That is my weapon, my peace, my shield and my refuge. It is everything that I need to get back up when life is beating me down.